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Battery Commercial Might Contain 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Spoilers

11/3/2015 11:23am EST
Star Wars The Force Awakens Duracell commercial
Spoiler Alert! A new commercial for Duracell batteries may give away a little bit more about the plot details of next month's Star Wars sequel "The Force Awakens."

The one minute TV spot features a boy whose sister is taken captive by the evil faction of the new movie, The First Order, and he takes on the task of rescuing her in the company's "Battle for Christmas Morning" ad.

Droids C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the kid's bedroom, with Threepio urging him not to go out and face the imminent danger that awaits him in his hallway. Artoo agrees with him and he ignites his blue lightsaber and ju...

What Does This 'Star Wars' Actor Think Of Fans Who Questioned His Race?

10/9/2015 3:18pm EDT
'Star Wars' John Boyega Tells Haters To Get Used To Seeing Black
When Disney dropped the first teaser trailer for 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' last November, some were surprised by the first character to literally pop up on screen. Actor John Boyega jumped into the picture in a panic, while wearing what appeared to be a Stormtrooper uniform.

While Boyega's initial appearance was obviously designed to create a bit of a jump scare, some fans said they were taken aback because the actor was black. These fans stated they were upset because Stormtroopers are supposed to be an army of all-white clones, at least according to old franchise lore....

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Episode VIII and IX To Keep Focus On Luke Skywalker's Family

10/5/2015 11:48pm EDT
Luke Skywalker
There's a good possibility that there will be more than one character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with the surname Skywalker, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy all but confirmed that this weekend.

The movie producer told warehouse store Costco's Costco Connection magazine that the sequel trilogy will focus on the continuing story of the Skywalker family, which began with Luke Skywalker in the very first "Star Wars" trilogy and continued on with the story of his father, Anakin, in the saga's prequel trilogy.

“The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” Kennedy said. "The st...

Princess Leia's Gold Bikini Sold For What?

10/5/2015 12:10pm EDT
Princess Leia's Slave Bikini From Star Wars Goes For $96,000 At
Star Wars fever has been catching on around the world over the last few months in anticipation of Episode VII's debut this December. But it's an item from the original trilogy that was turning heads last Friday.

The skimpy bikini worn by Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in 'Return of the Jedi' was recently sold at auction for 63,220 pounds, or about $96,000. The costume was sold by US firm Profiles in History. Bidding originally opened at 52,000 pounds, according to BBC News.

The unnamed winner also took home a few other collectibles, including a collar, several chain links and a letter of ...

The Force Is Strong With All This Awesome New 'Star Wars' Stuff

9/8/2015 3:01pm EDT
Sphero's remote control BB8
At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 4, enough new Star Wars merchandise to fill a space cruiser went on sale to promote the next film in the saga, the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh episode, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Dubbed "Force Friday," Disney & Lucasfilm's ginormous merchandising campaign runs the gamut from action figures and apparel to new innovations and video games. New books tie in with the new movie, which hits theaters on December 18, giving hints and clues to the new story and what has happened in the past 30 years in that galaxy far, far away. The new Star Wars: Battlefront...

New Star Wars Teaser Is 15 Seconds Of AWESOME

8/28/2015 5:15pm EDT
'The Force Awakens' -- Latest Trailer Promises Epic Lightsaber D
A new teaser featuring just 15-seconds of footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was shared on the official Star Wars Instagram page on Thursday, revealing the answer to one of the biggest questions about new bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

The short clip begins Andy Serkis' voice-over from the first teaser trailer as the forces of the evil First Order gather on an as-yet-unnamed ice planet.

A shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) follows; she stands with everyone's favorite new droid BB-8 on what appears to be a different planet than the only one we've seen her on so far, the desert planet Jak...

First Poster For 'The Force Awakens' Reveals More About On One New Character

8/17/2015 7:01pm EDT
Star Wars The Force Awakens
The first poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" arrived over the weekend at Disney's annual fan expo, D23, but it's not the official poster for the highly anticipated movie.

The poster was created by Drew Struzan -- the same artist who produced the posters for the Star Wars prequel trilogy and for the 1997 original trilogy special editions -- and it features one big reveal about the film that hasn't come up in the two trailers.

Daisy Ridley, who plays the scavenger Rey, stands front and center and is flanked by the AWOL stortrooper Finn (John Boyega) and new bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Dri...

Disney Adding Huge 'Star Wars' Lands To Its Theme Parks

8/17/2015 3:46pm EDT
Disney Star Wars land
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens just months off, Disney announced at its annual D23 Fan Expo on Saturday that its Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, theme parks will each be getting their own Star Wars-themed additions.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during the event that both Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and California's Disneyland will each be getting a 14-acre addition based on a galaxy far, far away (like we didn't see this news coming after the company's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012).

"We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest ...

Check Out New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'!

8/12/2015 12:46pm EDT
New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Give A Closer Loo
Nerdgasm! A new set of still images from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is featured in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, revealing new looks at characters including Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

The issue, the annual Fall Movie Preview, reveals a lot more than just a dozen new photos from the film. Director J.J. Abrams gives more insight into the first "Star Wars" film in just over a decade, shedding light on some of the new characters and sharing how he got involved with the saga after initially turning down the o...

First Pics From 'Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One' & A New 'Force Awakens' Teaser!

8/11/2015 4:05pm EDT
Revealing Korean TV Spot For 'The Force Awakens' & First Images
A new 30-second Korean TV spot for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" surfaced on Monday, and it features one previously unseen image from the highly anticipated film that has fans on the internet buzzing.

The clip features the same voice over from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) that begins the first teaser that was released last November, ("There has been an awakening...") followed by an image of the leaders of The First Order, which was built on the ashes of the Galactic Empire sometime during the 30 years since "Return of the Jedi." The group looks out over legions of Stormtroopers, Tie...

What Does Han Solo Have To Do With 'The Lego Movie'?

7/8/2015 11:22pm EDT
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Here we are on the eve of San Diego Comic Con International 2015, and there's already some big Star Wars news.

Unfortunately it's not news of a new trailer for The Force Awakens, which is less than six months away now (actually it's been confirmed that a new trailer for the most anticipated movie in forever won't be happening at SDCC), but new details on a third (yes, third!) stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film about Han Solo's backstory.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the filmmaking duo responsible for last year's smash The Lego Movie and buddy-cop comedies 21 and 22 Jump Street, will be t...

Behind-The-Scenes Photos And Video Reveal A Lot More About 'The Force Awakens'

5/4/2015 5:31pm EDT
Star Wars TFA Vanity Fair
A shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine has confirmed some of the casting rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The legendary photographer got to go behind-the-scenes on the set of the new film, snapping several never-before-seen photos (see them here) and revealing some interesting details about the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams.

Mild Spoilers Ahead...

The cover features old heroes Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), an...

' Rogue One' Plot Details Revealed!

4/20/2015 5:14pm EDT
'Rogue One' Plot Details Revealed By Director Gareth Edwards
New details about the recently announced first ever Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One were revealed during this year's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend, and it sounds like the first film in the saga's officially titled "Anthology" series will be focus on a legendary heist.

The final day of the convention included a panel with director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), who shared some concept art and a few bits of information with the 5000-strong crowd. He also unveiled a short teaser in which the camera panned over an Earth-like planet with a lush, green forest and waterf...

What's George Lucas Up To As The 'Star Wars' Saga Moves On Without Him?

4/17/2015 12:15pm EDT
George Lucas Strikes Back: 'Star Wars' Creator Gets Revenge On N
While Disney and J.J. Abrams are readying the latest Star Wars film (watch the 2nd trailer below!) for release, the saga's creator, George Lucas, is investing some of that $4 Billion he earned selling Lucasfilm to build affordable housing on property he owns in Marin County, California.

The movie mogul had originally planned to use some of the land at his Skywalker Ranch to build a new film studio, but folks living in the wealthy community complained about his plans and his movie studio was shot down by county officials.

Marin County supervisor Steve Kinsey added that since Lucas isn't be...

First Full Trailer For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Expected Next Week

4/9/2015 7:37pm EDT
First Full Trailer For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' To Run Bef
Star Wars fans will be out in full *ahem* force next week in Anaheim, California, where -- rumor has it -- the first full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to debut at the Star Wars Celebration fan convention, which hits the city from April 16-19.

According to, the trailer will reportedly run one minute, fifty seconds and it will play ahead of every showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron when that film opens on May 1.

The new trailer will feature more than just a glimpse at the the four new main characters in the film -- Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Rid...

'Star Wars' Saga Heads To Digital HD In Latest Cash-Grab -- But Not The Original Editions

4/7/2015 12:50pm EDT
'Star Wars' Saga Available In Digital HD Format For The First Ti
With anticipation building for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios has announced that all six films in the Star Wars saga will be released in the Digital HD format for the first time on Friday, April 10.

"Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation," Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman said in a statement on Monday. "It's only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, ...

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Release Date & Spinoff Announced

3/13/2015 6:46pm EDT
Star Wars: Episode VIII Gets Release Date; Felicity Jones Cast I
Disney released some big news about two forthcoming films in the Star Wars saga on Thursday, revealing that the usual three-year wait between films in the first two trilogies has been halved, thus Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

The second film in the series' sequel trilogy, which gets under way this December with Director J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens," also has a very significant release date: nearly 40 years to the day that the first Star Wars film was released way back in 1977. In fact, we'd even bet the release gets pushed up a day to mark the occasion.


'Star Wars' Spinoff Officially Titled; Episode VIII Gets Release Date

3/12/2015 7:31pm EDT
Felicity Jones
Disney's first planned Star Wars stand-alone movie officially has a title and its first star.

Actress Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything) is set to star in Rogue One, which will hit theaters on December 16, 2016 and be directed by Gareth Edwards (2014's Godzilla), Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger announced during a shareholder meeting in San Francisco on Thursday.

Jones is rumored to be playing a young Princess Leia in the film, but there's no confirmation on her character or the premise of the film.

A second spinoff is also planned for release between Episodes VIII and IX of th...

These Movies Are Blatant Rip-Offs

2/22/2015 5:00pm EST
Movies You Didn't Know Were Blatant Rip-Offs
It may surprise you to learn this, but Hollywood is not a shining hub of moral righteousness. Sure, your average motion picture industry worker probably isn't a serial killer (probably...), but there's been plenty of times when the movie business has stomped on the little guy's toes.

Or ripped off the little guy's movie to make basically the same thing, but with a bigger budget.

Click ahead, and you'll discover which very large blockbuster pics- some beloved, some almost instantly forgotten- are really blatant rip-offs of something that came before. We'd like to think that at least one of...

Is Felicity Jones Going To Play Princess Leia In 'Star Wars' Spinoff?

2/3/2015 9:39pm EST
Felicity Jones To Play Princess Leia In First Stand-Alone 'Star
Actress Felicity Jones, who is currently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in "The Theory Of Everything" is set to star in the first stand-alone "Star Wars" spinoff film, which is set to hit theaters a year after "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The actress is close to signing on, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and beat out "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara for the part.

So far there's no confirmation of who she'll be playing, but considering that she'll be the film's lead, all signs point to Princess Leia.


Peter Mayhew Suffering From Pneumonia

1/20/2015 4:05pm EST
Peter Mayhew
Actor Peter Mayhew, who plays the Wookiee Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movie saga, has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

The actor, 70, was admitted to the hospital over the weekend and was forced to cancel an appearance at a Texas comic book store.

His wife, Angie, took to to confirm the news, thanking fans for their well-wishes and explaining that he's doing fine.

"Hello all! Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts," she posted on the social website. "Peter is indeed in the hospital with pneumonia. He will make a full recovery, and hope to ...

George Lucas Excited To See 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

1/14/2015 6:22pm EST
George Lucas
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas says that he's looking forward to seeing the first sequel to his film franchise when it opens later this year.

Lucas, who sold his company, Lucasfilm, and the rights to his sci-fi saga to Disney in late 2012 for $4 billion, also said that he had originally hoped to direct the sequel trilogy, which was announced by Disney once the deal was complete, but now he's glad that J.J. Abrams will be taking on "The Force Awakens" later this year.

Before striking the deal with Disney, Lucas had begun developing the sequel trilogy, and he figured he would direct the f...

Is This 'Star Wars' Themed Christmas Light Display The Best Ever?

12/19/2014 11:22pm EST
Star Wars Lights
If there wasn't already enough buzz about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" going around, Newark, California's Tom BetGeorge just upped the anticipation level with his latest display of Christmas lights.

BetGeorge, a music teacher and director for the COVA Conservatory in Oakland, created an amazing Christmas display in his front yard, complete with musical instruments that light up, spotlights and even a little smoke, and set up a lightshow that runs with a few different pieces of music, including a mix of the major theme songs from the "Star Wars" trilogies.

BetGeorge built and lit the gia...

The Force Has Not Awakened George Lucas

12/8/2014 12:49pm EST
George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has yet to see the trailer for the upcoming seventh film in the saga he created back in the early 1970s, and he says he also has no plans on watching it anytime soon.

The director sold his company, Lucasfilm Ltd., along with the rights to the "Star Wars" movie universe to Disney in 2012, after which the company announced it would produce a new sequel trilogy that would be co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The film wrapped shooting and the first trailer debuted during Thanksgiving week, and Lucas was not one of the 72 million people who viewed it duri...

Darth Vader Actor Taking Medication For Dementia

12/1/2014 6:57am EST
David Prowse
Actor David Prowse, who played iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader, is battling dementia.

The actor, who played Vader on screen while the character was voiced by James Earl Jones, has revealed that his memory has been deteriorating and even if he was offered a cameo or the chance to resurrect the legendary villain for the upcoming seventh episode of the series, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he wouldn't be able to do it.

The 79-year-old actor recently told Britain's Daily Mirror newpaper that he's been taking medication for his ailment, but it hasn't helped much.

"Now I would probably f...

First Teaser For 'Star Wars Episode VII' Is Here!

11/28/2014 8:09pm EST
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force has awakened in the first teaser for the highly-anticipated "seventh film in the Star Wars" saga!

J.J. Abrams promised fans that the first sneak-peek would arrive on Friday, Nov. 28 and be shown in select theaters, but anticipation was so high that the director's production company, Bad Robot, gifted us all with the first glimpse of the film much earlier than expected, and no one has to find a way to one of the dozen or so cities exclusively showing it before all movies.

With a year to go and lots of post-production special effects to be added, the little tease already looks e...

First Teaser For 'The Force Awakens' Hits Theaters This Weekend!

11/25/2014 1:59pm EST
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser To Hit Theaters As Plot Ru
The first official teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is set to hit movie theaters on Friday, giving fans "a tiny peek" at what director J.J. Abrams and his team have been doing.

Late last week rumors circulated that the first teaser for the film would come over the Thanksgiving holiday, and on Monday Abrams uploaded a photo of a note he wrote to his Twitter page, officially making the announcement that an 88-second look at the film would hit select theaters.


— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014

Earlier this month the na...

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has A Title, Wraps Filming

11/6/2014 10:09pm EST
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Just over a year until its release, Star Wars: Episode VII has gotten an official title.

The film's official facebook page shared an image of the franchise's logo, showing the new subtitle "The Force Awakens."

The caption for the image was big news also: "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has completed principal photography."

The cast and crew of the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, celebrated the wrap of filming last weekend, and everyone received a baseball cap and a note from producers Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Brian Burk.

"It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day a...

James Earl Jones To Voice Darth Vader's Cameo Appearance In 'Star Wars Rebels' For ABC Replay

10/12/2014 12:26pm EDT
Darth Vader
Despite its premiere on the Disney Channel earlier this month, the first episode of "Star Wars Rebels" is set for a major network replay following its success.

"Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion," the one-hour TV movie that kicked off the series on Oct. 3, will air on ABC on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7pm (ET/PT), and a special guest is set for a cameo in the show, which takes place between the events of "Star Wars" episodes III and IV.

Producer Dave Filoni revealed that Darth Vader will make a cameo appearance in a new scene that's been added just for its prime-time broadcast.

"We wanted to ...

Anthony Daniels Wouldn't Reprise C-3PO Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII' If The Droid Was Going To Be CGI

9/20/2014 2:01pm EDT
Anthony Daniels Wouldn't Reprise C-3PO Role In 'Star Wars: Episo
Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels, who played the golden droid C-3PO all six films in the saga so far, told producers of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, that he would only sign on to reprise his role if he would actually be in the film in costume and not voice a computer generated (CG) version of the character.

The actor was offered the old role by Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, who told him at the time that he only needed him to voice the character, so Daniels originally turned down the role.

"When J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he ...